All pipes, however expensive they are, are prone to clogging and flooding. It might come earlier than expected, but it all depends on how you have been treating pipes in your business. As a homeowner or even a business owner, the sewer laterals under your home are your responsibility. So, when an emergency arises you have to handle it. Most people can’t. We are not plumbers. At, Trenchless Pipe Repairs, understand this.

Here is a crash course on identifying sewer problems and how to know what sort of repair work you need.  

Common Sewer Problems and What to Do

Roots in the Sewer Line

This is one the most common reasons your toilets back up and your drains clog. This happens mostly with clay sewer pipes. The joints of clay pipes aren’t very strong enough to keep roots out. Since roots keep growing, they could grow right inside your sewer lateral. This will eventually break your pipes.

Solution: If you suspect that root infiltration in your sewer pipes, it’s best to hire a plumber to check it out immediately. They can solve the problem by using copper sulfate crystals. Cutting out the roots is another solution. One that’s often very tedious but also needful. And if the problem is extensive, you may have to replace your entire sewer pipes.  

Blocked and Clogged Pipes from Food and Other Particles

The most common sewer problems are sewer pipes are blockage from food and other particles. Oil, grease, hair, and soap add to the problem.

Solution: Be careful of what you put in your drains. You can’t completely prevent these from getting in your drain, but it’s best to minimize. When your drains do get blocked, book a hydro jetting session for the pipes in your business.

Damaged Sewer Pipes

Since sewer pipes are underground and thus not visible for inspection, you may not know what’s happens to them. As weather changes and also due to shifts on the surface around the sewer pipes, your pipes suffer from damage.

Solution: When this happens, it’s best to book a sewer camera inspection to find out the damaged parts and repair them accordingly. If the damage is extensive, your plumber will recommend replacing the sewer pipes. When that happens, ask for Trenchless Sewer Repairs.

Sewer Odor

The smell coming from sewer pipes can be quite annoying. But it’s preventable.

Solution: Check your P-Trap. The P-Trap is under your drain. If there’s water in the P-Trap, then smells from your sewer lateral or your main sewer line cannot enter through the drain. You can avoid the P-Trap from drying through periodic checks. Also, make sure your vents are clear so that bad odors can easily escape.

Identifying how to know what sort of repair work you need isn’t all that difficult. If you are able to identify the problem early on in your sewer lateral and other pipes in your business, you can avoid replacing your pipes. If you are stuck with a sewer problem, ask Trenchless Pipe Repairs for help. Our plumbers are professionally trained and experienced to solve all kinds of sewer emergencies.